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Residents of Joliet's east side don't have access to grocery stores that carry the wide-selection of fresh fruit, vegetables and other staples needed for a healthy diet.

Residents of Joliet's east side don't have access to grocery stores that carry the wide-selection of fresh fruit, vegetables and other staples needed for a healthy diet.

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Food deserts: Joliet’s nutrition crisis

On the USDA website, a map of the United States shows the places where lack of access to grocery stores is a problem. That includes big swaths of the City of Joliet.